Too Ugly To Sell, But Good Enough To Be Champ

World’s Ugliest Dog 2007

A new “Ugliest Dog” champion has been crowned in California on Friday. Elwood, a 2-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix from New Jersey took first place. The new winner was almost euthanized by its breeder because “she thought he was too ugly to sell.” Karen Quigley rescued him and now Elwood returned the favor by winning the $1000 prize.

More on Elwood and his owner after the jump.

You can also watch the slide show and video on CNN.

Elwood, dark colored and hairless — save for a Mohawk-like puff of white fur on his head — is often referred to as “Yoda,” or “ET,” for his resemblance to those famous science fiction characters.

“I think he’s the cutest thing that ever lived,” said Elwood’s owner, Karen Quigley, a resident of Sewell, New Jersey.

Quigley brought Elwood out to compete for the second year at the annual ugly dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair. Elwood placed second last year.

Source: AP

7 Responses to “Too Ugly To Sell, But Good Enough To Be Champ”

  1. Gary says:

    “”The new winner was almost euthanized by its breeder because “she thought he was too ugly to sell.”"

    Isn’t it a shame how cheaply and quickly money comes into the picture over a living thing. It makes a bigger statement on the state of the society.

  2. Captn' Carl says:

    Whaddya bet Elwood gives his love unconditionally to his owners in spite of his looks?

    Elwood is heads above his money hungry owners!

  3. Pit Bull Lover says:

    The little white dog on the right looks indignant. “But *I’m* the one wearing a frankfurter leash!”

  4. Carolyn says:

    I find this contest all a little sad. Anyway, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I’m betting these are all loving dogs. I hope their owners appreciate that.

  5. Flamin says:

    Looks more like a Xolo.
    Our Club’s Official Position on Ugly Dog Contests
    Since 1986, the Xoloitzcuintli Club of America has been dedicated to the protection, improvement and recognition of this breed in America. To further those goals, we have consistently worked to educate the public regarding responsible dog care and valid breeding practices. And we enthusiastically endorse events that recognize and reward quality Xolos. XCA members are encouraged to exhibit their dogs at legitimate dog shows. However, we condemn the promotion of poor quality specimens, neglectful care and genetic health disorders consistently showcased in “ugly dog contests”.
    The majority of dogs entered in these events are hairless, representing several recognized breeds as well as crossbreeds. Many of them are former rescues or geriatric pets. A large portion of them suffer from physical disabilities. Some of these conditions are extremely painful, avoidable and indicative of long term irresponsible care such as periodontal disease, skin infections and chronic ear infections. Others, like cataracts or tooth loss are inevitably due to old age. Many of the drastic faults highlighted in these contests, such as dwarfism and wry bites, are the result of faulty breeding. Promoting or rewarding dogs afflicted with these regrettable conditions is inconsistent with the purpose of our organization. Nor are these traits representative of the well bred Xoloitzcuintli that XCA breeders are dedicated to producing.

  6. Samantha Hally says:

    I agree with flamin. as an owner of a chinese crested and lover of all dogs, I believe these ‘ugly dog contests’ are immoral.

  7. Lynne says:

    Gary, exactly right.
    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”—Gandhi

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